The St Petersburg (Russian Federation) quartet who go by the letters – A. (Guitar / Bass). K. (Vocals), M. (Drums / Backing Vocals) and I. (Guitars / Backing Vocals) forming the blackmetal band Epitimia released the EP Нить (Thread) yesterday.
A five track release (available on bandcamp) that fills the room with an otherworldly soundscape of soaring and swooping dark-melodic metal that seems to emerge from a wintry forest as the music, although expansive, feels as though blanketed in studio baffled by the absorbency of snowy drifts.
This is an EP to ingest in full to best immerse in to the ethereal weaves of the roughly fifty one minutes release.
The closing track is the just over eleven and three quarters minutes – Древо (The Tree).
The Scottish alt-rock multi-instrumentalist C Duncan will be releasing the LP Health on the 29th of March.
With a step change from previous material, Health, the third album emerges away from a home studio to work with other producers, engineers and musicians, which paradoxically has allowed the LP to explore, to a far greater extent, more personal aspects of life and affords the music a more emotional tie to the audience as the songs contemplate, love, health and sexuality.
The first track to surface from the album, Impossible (released as a stand-alone single yesterday), which is the third of the dozen tracks is a contrast of jaunty, trotting, instrumentation that has a spaghetti western feel laid to a, melancholic, lyrical reflection of a long distance relationship with a former boyfriend.
The trio of Alexander Van Der Wallen (Vocals / Bass), Mathijs Van Der Wallen (Drums / Backing Vocals) and Nicolas D’Exelle (Guitar / Backing Vocals) from Essen (Belgium) who form the garage band Black Leather Jacket are finalising details of their début LP.
Occasionally it makes sense to have everyone singing in chorus and with Black Leather Jacket – it most certainly does as the listener finds themselves joining in too with the first track to surface, from what I anticipate to be an LP for party night, Village People – filling the room with a joyful unornamented buzz of good-time energy… where did setting eleven go on the volume dial?
Thirty five years ago the sextet of Chris D, Dave Alvin, John Doe, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin and DJ Bonebrake – the original line-up of The Flesh Eaters – from Los Angeles (USA) last recorded an album – today the line-up released the follow up alt-rock LP – I Used to Be Pretty.
The fire and brimstone of earlier material has been diffused in to a slowly striding thread of compositions which, though less forthright in structure, nonetheless still convey a frustration with societal structures that continue to let down other than a few.
The hindsight of three decades have a regretful air the what was wrong in the ’70s and ’80s is no better now and an acknowledgement that despite protest nothing is likely to change any time soon either as so few around the world genuinely care enough to actually do anything other than live in a mire of ever more evidently delusionary ‘I’m all right Jack’ while pointing fingers of irrelevant accusation – one is minded of Martin Niemöller.
Hailey Livingston is an RnB creator from Los Angeles (USA) who released the LP Clap Back on the 11th.
An eleven track album which contemplates the complexities of interpersonal relationships with friends, lovers and family.
This is an atypical recommendation to the music typically featured and although instinctively not something I would typically recommend, particularly with numerous tracks adding vocoder effects, which, as longer stay readers always finds me antagonistic, I do strongly suggest adding to the playlist of ‘essential bookmarks of life in the ’10s’.
The sheer depth of emotional connectivity makes Clap Back an album of its time with a narrative of contemporary confusions of life in a world contrasted by pixelated and physical relationships.
The three, to me, stand out tracks of the eleven on the album are the opener Meet Cute, which sets the tone for the release as a whole with its heady fires of early day relationship expectation and latter day confusion.
The sixth song – I don’t Hate Men?, a piano led composition, is a more melancholic and jaded perspective of disappointment and abusive power imbalance.
My pick of the release being the penultimate song, Elegy, which though of sad countenance recalls fondest memories of strong familial ties.